Veritas Block Plane - No. DX60

veritas dx60 block plane
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Veritas DX60 Plane Review By: I.Ball


Category: Block Planes

Manufacturer: Veritas

Plane Type: Block

Model No: DX60

The Veritas DX60 block plane is one of Veritas premium lines of block plane from the Veritas block plane range. It is easy to see why, the plane design looks like a supercar with its sleek lines and curves and the business end neatly tucked away giving the plane a real streamline look.

The plane is made from ductile cast iron with accurately machined and ground sole and sides to ensure the plane body is flat. The plane sole and sides are made even flatter than the other non-premium planes, with a flatness between +0.000" and -0.0015".

The ductile cast iron has been stress relieved. This specially processed material is advertised as being more durable and stable than grey cast iron (the material used in most traditional bench planes).



veritas dx60 block plane

The DX60 is 7 inches in length, 1 3/4 inches in width, fitted with a 1 3/8 inch wide plane blade.

The Veritas dx60 block plane is equipped with a choice of three plane blade types:

- O1 (hardened to Rockwell 58-60)
- A2 (hardened to Rockwell 60-62)
- PMV-11

The plane blade is placed in position with the bevel facing upwards, as standard for nearly all block planes.

The DX60 is a low angle block plane with a blade bed angle of 12 degrees. The standard plane cutter is set with a cutting edge bevel of 25 degrees resulting in an overall cutting angle of 39 degrees. Very hardworking timbers may necessitate a steeper bevel (such as 30 degrees) is required if the 25 degrees struggles.

The blade is secured in place with the use of the die-cast lever cap. The lever cap is locked in place by turning the knurled wheel located at the rear of the plane on the underside of the lever cap.

As well as aesthetics and functionality, the DX60 has been designed for comfort with the curvacious lever cap, curved parts, the front knob with finger pad depression and the finger grip depressions on the plane sides.

veritas block plane dx60

The Veritas DX60 is a fully adjustable block plane with an adjustable blade and adjustable plane mouth.

The plane is fitted with a dual function blade adjuster:

(i) The adjuster allows the user to accurately set the depth at which the blade is set. These depth of cut fine adjustments are carried out by turning the wheel nut at the very rear of the plane.

(ii) The adjuster can also be used to laterally (sideways) adjust the blade. The lateral adjustments are easily made by sliding, sideways, the wheel nut at the very rear of the plane.

There are two set screws, one set either side of the plane walls which are present to prevent the blade from shifting, as a result maximising the lateral adjustment.

The Veritas DX60 plane has an adjustable mouth. The mouth size can be adjusted by moving the mouth plate forwards and backwards to the desired position; the mouth plate forms part of the sole and is located at the front of the plane.

veritas dx60 block plane

The mouth plate is moved by firstly loosening the front knob and then moving the knob in the required direction; the knob and the mouth plate are interlinked so sliding the knob slides the mouth plate.

Once the mouth plate is in position it can be locked in place by turning the front knob until tight. The plane is designed to not allow the mouth plate to move back as far as the sharp blade so no accidental damage can occur. Generally a fine mouth is desired as this helps prevent tear-out of the piece of wood being worked.

The DX60 is supplied in a white Veritas cardboard box with a photo of the plane printed on the outside. Inside the box is a Veritas DX60 instructions leaflet.

The patented Veritas DX60 block plane is produced by Veritas Tools Inc. of Canada.



Cautions / Notes

* Important: please refer to the 'disclaimer' at the foot of this review.
* Wearing safety clothing and eye protection is usually a good idea to help protect against injury.

- The blade(s)/cutter(s) is very sharp, take suitable precautions when using/handling/storing the plane/cutter(s) to prevent injury.

- Failure to loosen parts when making adjustments to the plane can result in damage to the plane such as cross-threading screw threads. Never force a part to move.

- Overtightening parts can cause damage to the plane and the plane threads.


1.

Plane Construction

veritas block plane

Body:
stress-relieved ductile cast iron

Lever cap:
durable ductile cast iron

Blade adjuster wheel/nut:
stainless-steel

Blade securing wheel:
stainless-steel

Knob:
stainless-steel

Plane finish:
black



Construction Origin:
Canada


2.

Plane Dimensions

Length:
180mm (7 inch)

Width:
44mm (1 3/4 inch)

Veritas DX60 Plane Blade / Cutter

Width: 35mm (1 3/8 inch)

Blade Thickness: 3mm (1/8 inch)

Steel: O1 (hardened to Rc 58-60), A2 (hardened to Rc 60-62), PMV-11

Bevel Angle (Primary): 23 degrees

Bevel Angle (Secondary): 25 degrees

3.

Manufactured Dates

2008 - Today






References

- Veritas Tools Inc.


Disclaimer

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(ii) This review may give warning(s) / advisory notes / cautions / guidelines given in good faith however any such information should not be solely relied upon and should not be seen as the exhaustive list of warnings / advisory notes / cautions / guidelines. Refer to disclaimer note (i) for information on safety, as well as the good health of your tool. In addition refer to good safety practices for the safety of you and others. Refer to good practices for the good health of your tool and property.
(iii) The details here are given in good faith, there is scope for error and shouldn't be fully relied upon, please be aware the details may also become out of date due to manufacturer changes to the product, please confirm any details for yourself by performing additional research from reliable sources.




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